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‘Mission: Impossible II’ review – fun, but weaker second act

Despite some crazy over the top action helmed as only John Woo can provide, ‘Mission: Impossible II’ is a fun if weak entry in the series. Continue reading ‘Mission: Impossible II’ review – fun, but weaker second act

Birthday Wishes – Nov. 6, 2013 – Emma Stone, Rebecca Romijin, Ethan Hawke

Emma StoneEmma Stone (25) – It’s all kinds of awesome that you’re gonna have so many more years of cranking out quality material and I’m hoping “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is every bit as fun as its predecessor.

Ethan HawkeEthan Hawke (43) – Say it with me – more “Before Midnight” and way, way less “Getaway.”

Rebecca Romijn dressRebecca Romijin (41) – It may not seem like it at the moment, but the more I’m seeing of “X-Men: Days of Future Past” has me thinking you may not regret missing out on being one of the few cast members not returning for this one.

Thandie NewtonThandie Newton (41) – Here’s hoping that your new show “Grace” continues moving along as you deserve to be able to have a show of your own.

Review: W (2008)

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George W. Bush (Josh Brolin) with Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss, background left) in “W.”

In “W.,” Oliver Stone paints a portrait of President George W. Bush that is at times mocking, sympathetic, dynamic and revealing, but always entertaining.

Josh Brolin (“No Country For Old Men”) deserves a lot of the credit and his performance as the titular character should merit a Best Actor nomination. Stone starts and ends the film with Bush alone in a deserted baseball stadium, almost suggesting that for Bush — this is the one arena in life he’s happiest.

Through a series of flashbacks, Stone and screenwriter Stanley Weiser show Bush as a free-spirited, privileged never-do-well stuck in his father George Bush’s (James Cromwell, “24”) shadow who consistently tells W that he is disappointed in him.

After one of W’s drunken escapades, Bush Sr. chews him with one of the film’s best lines asking “What do you think you are? A Kennedy?” Continue reading Review: W (2008)